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|Rickie Lee Jones|
It's Like This
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
With It's Like This, quirky post-bohemian Rickie Lee Jones turns in her first release since 1997's trip-hop-influenced Ghostyhead. As she did on her 1991 album of covers, Pop Pop, Jones offers an unusual mix of songs fr... more »
With It's Like This, quirky post-bohemian Rickie Lee Jones turns in her first release since 1997's trip-hop-influenced Ghostyhead. As she did on her 1991 album of covers, Pop Pop, Jones offers an unusual mix of songs from all sorts of sources. When has Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" appeared on the same album as Steely Dan's "Show Biz Kids"? Her unconventional choice of material is complemented by her equally fresh selection of musicians: Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, and Taj Mahal are all present, adding their styles to Jones's jazzy remakes. Rather than merely being a parade of talent and clever song choices, though, the result is a lovely, unassuming, and soothing album by a singer of distinction. Outstanding tracks include "Smile," the Beatles' somber "For No One," and Traffic's subversive "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys." --Heidi Sherman
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She can write, but man can she sing!
kyle | Savannah, GA | 12/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rickie Lee Jones is without doubt a talented musicain and no other album of her's showcases her brilliant voice more than It's Like This. Rickie is a wonderufl song writer, however her greatest talents have always lied in her stunningly, haunting vocals. This is the easiest RLJ album to love, and one of the most challenging albums she's made. Each song holds its own on the album without sticking out over the others. If you love beautiful classics completely altered by an unbelievealby talented singer you'll love this album without a doubt. Like I said, I love her own songs, but what she does for the songs of other writers is what makes this my favorite. Easily one of my top 10."
Unusual and beautiful- she rocks!
Ahhling | NY, NY | 02/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Been a long time fan of Rickie's and am always thrilled at how she interprets songs and makes them her own. She does that here, with gorgeous renditions of songs from others, and her ability to infuse quirky, unusual and creative nuances through her voice. You pretty much fall in love with her through her songs. My favorites on this are For No One, Cycles, Can't Get Started, Lazy River.... alright, they're all great! This is a treasure!"
Hit and miss
Eric J. Anderson | Ankeny, Iowa | 11/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rickie Lee covers everything from Gershwin to Hoagy Carmichaelto Steely Dan. I think the highlight of the album is The Beatles' For No One. When Paul McCartney sang it, it was another pretty tune. When Rickie Lee sings it, it's full of the sadness it was meant to have.
Show Biz Kids is another successful adaptation, accomplished with the help of Joe Jackson on keyboards and vocals. Steely Dan should be honored.
Many of the others are just good to fair. It's so subjective. How can Rickie move me so much on For No One and yet totally fail to hold my interest on I Can't Get Started? But this is my reaction.
At $3-4 for a used copy, it is worthwhile for a few inspiring cuts here. At $15? No can do."